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Acetyl Chemicals from Coal Gasification

Location: Kingsport, TN, USA
Date: 1984
Creator(s): Eastman Chemical Company

Chemicals from the Coal Facility of Eastman Chemical Company was the first in the United States to use coal rather than petroleum as a raw material in the commercial production of acetyl chemicals — important building blocks in the synthesis of a wide range of consumer products. The plant, located in Kingsport, Tennessee, began operation in 1983 after more than a decade of planning and construction, prompted by the oil embargoes of the 1970s. By substituting locally available, high-sulfur coal, this process conserves petroleum previously required for the production of these high-volume chemicals.

Tags: Era: 1980-1989
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Courtesy Eastman Chemical Company.
Flow diagram for the chemicals from coal facility.
200 South Wilcox Drive
Kingsport, TN, USA

200 South Wilcox Drive

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